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September 3, 2008 > Newark Aguilas make Magic in Morgan Hill

Newark Aguilas make Magic in Morgan Hill

Submitted By Coach Alex Ebarle
Photos By Maria Rivas

Morgan Hill, CA - On the weekend of August 23, 2008, the Newark Aguilas delivered a magical performance in Morgan Hill's Magic Cup, Division One soccer tournament to honor Coach Jose Ramirez who selected the team's players in 2005. Although Jose Ramirez coaches the highly touted Newark Eagles in the Under-14 age group, he continues to support the Newark Aguilas who are in the Boy's U-13 age group. Coach Jose Ramirez turned fifty a week before, and the Newark Aguilas indicated that they would try to win something for him in their upcoming tournament.

The unranked Newark Aguilas may have been considered long shots based on state rankings of teams in the tournament. However, the boys from the Newark Soccer Club showed some character in the preliminary rounds, winning their first two matches against Benicia Arsenal, 4-2, and Dublin Tornados, 3-1. The game that decided which team would advance to the championship final was against the host team, Central Santa Clara Valley United White 95. With less than five minutes to go, CSCVU White 95 scored the go ahead goal to lead the game 2-1. Then with only two minutes left, Aguilas' Jacob Dougherty answered back by splitting two defenders and beating the keeper with a move to the right that left him scoring an uncontested goal into an empty net. The tie was enough to put Newark Aguilas into the championship game.

The Championship Game against Merced Lobos required two, five minute overtime periods beyond the regulation seventy minute match. With the teams knotted 2-2 and the final seconds of overtime ticking away, Aguilas' striker, Jesse Martinez, was pressing the attack when he was deliberately fouled on the left side of the pitch, a few yards from the corner of the penalty area. Newark's center midfielder, Tristan Ebarle, got the call to take the free kick just outside the penalty box. With a couple of deep breaths and a short prayer, he struck the ball which sailed through the air and dipped just under the crossbar. The swish of the soccer ball striking the net set off the celebration and uplifted arms on the field and the sidelines for Newark Aguilas. The referee only allowed the other team to touch the kick-off before blowing the final whistle.

Success of Newark Aguilas was definitely a team effort: Goalie Patrick Taylor, a rookie to Division One play, proved to be a gift making countless saves and punching away potential scores; Luis Sandoval provided a solid performance as a defender; Cristian Arroyo put in a dominating defensive performance at center back; winger, Derick Rivas, provided inspiring efforts in locking down the right side; Andrew Gutteres played every minute of every game, also at center back, in an aggressive blue collar effort; Cameron Charron performed the role of utility player contributing on defense and in midfield; Brian Sawamura provided offensive power as a midfielder; Tristan Ebarle was the team's playmaker from midfield; Jorge Rodriguez created problems for opponents with his relentless style of play; Jesse Martinez put in an intimidating performance as a striker while Valerio Ruelas was a dominate striker showing "Usain Bolt" like speed; Jacob Dougherty was a standout player at both ends of the pitch; Ernesto Silva played well as a defender and made an incredible play when he flew in from the side to kick away a potential score from the opposition; Gerardo Ramirez was a powerful midfielder and defender. Newark Aguilas' roster also includes crafty midfielders Martin Padilla and Andrew Worley, who provided offensive and defensive strength from midfield.

Parents and players alike were pleased with the team's performances and the team delivered the first place trophy to Coach Jose Ramirez that day. Happy Birthday Coach!

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